Improvisation and rhythm have always been major components of the Masters of Reality sound. On their fifth release, Pine/Cross Dover, the group pits the finer elements of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Public Image Limited against each other. The end result? A Masters of Reality album that rocks, rolls, and grooves.
Joining Goss (who supplies vocals, guitar, and keyboards) was long-time band mate John Leamy on drums, as well as a host of special guests, including Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor and guitarist Dave Catching, Merle Jagger guitarist Mark Christian, background singers Shawnee Smith and Missi Pile, as well as former Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Brendon McNichol.
The outcome is the first-ever Masters of Reality album to open and close long-and-winding free-form instrumentals.
However, not all of Pine/Cross Dover is instrumental. Two heavy-rhythm tracks. There s a song 'Worm in the Silk', it's kind of a dub-bass piece. On this record some of the songs are bass and drum oriented with really long psychedelic chant on the end of it.